Byvin unveiled a new minicar, Lingshang (领尚), based on Levdeo underpinnings. Specifications or performance parameters were not disclosed, however, the vehicle is reported to be equipped with two-speed transmission as well as Byvin's i-EV 2.0 smart-car connectivity suite and some driver-assist functions.
At the 2018 Jinan Fall EV Show, Levdeo unveiled two vehicles:
The Letu (乐途) is based on Levdeo's MIA platform that was introduced earlier with the CoCo (see post #539). The Letu is a five-door hatchback, measuring 3500 x 1500 x 1530 mm, with a wheelbase of 2440 mm. Range is claimed to be about 150 km. Energy is conserved through regenerative braking.
The S70 is another hatchback that appears to have been developed from the Levdeo D80. It is equipped with ABS, and has a range of 150 km.
Newest variant in Hantang's A/Q-series, preceded by the A7, A6 and Q3 (all posted here previously). This model was unveiled on the 17th of last month and is being exhibited at the current Jinan EV Show.
Link Tour Auto relaunched two of its LSEVs under new names at the ongoing Jinan EV Show.
The H1 was shown last year as the Yogomo 350 and the F1, formerly known as 330, is quite a popular mini electric having been on the market for several years. Note, Yogomo is retained as the brand name for LSEVs. (Are H1 and F1 a nod to the H and F series, now that Great Wall is a shareholder of Link Tour?)
Lichi XCAR CC9, formerly called Qifeng K7 (pics) approved for production as an NEV under BAW license.
The NEV version is equipped with front and rear motors producing 22 kW and 15.5 kW respectively, thus making the vehicle a 4WD. This is the first passenger vehicle from Lichi which has been type-approved by NDRC.
The Lichi K5H unveiled two days ago is a 3-door, cargo-carrying version of the CC9/K7 which is being produced under Lichi's own license. It measures 2780×1482×1715 mm with a tiny wheelbase of 1803 mm. The 2-seater is powered by an 18 kW motor and top speed is 70 km/h.
For years now there has been a lot of speculation about the legality, and the future of LSEVs. They have been a subject of debate within official circles at both the local, and central government, levels. As their numbers have grown, some writers have waffled about whether they have a legitimate place in the big picture of EV development in China. The following article gives us an update on what level of government tolerance, and regulation, is evolving at this time. Note the modest figure of 100, given for the total number of LSEV automakers currently producing.
Beijing launches crackdown on low-speed EV production
The Chinese government moved to curb rampant production of low-speed electric vehicles by closing unlicensed manufacturers and halting construction of new plants.
Provincial governments must shut down unlicensed local low-speed EV makers and stop them from producing at plants of licensed automakers, according to a notice released last week by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the regulator of industries, including automobiles, in China.
In the notice, the ministry also requires governments at provincial levels to stop approving new plants and halt expansion of existing factories for low-speed EVs in areas under their jurisdiction.
Governments at provincial levels must also set a timeframe to phase out the use of low-speed EVs by local residents through scrappage and government-sponsored buyback programs.
Low-speed EVs mainly refer to short-range, electric three wheelers and cars equipped with technologically obsolete batteries and electric motors, the ministry said in the notice, without disclosing further specifications on the vehicles.
China is home to more than 100 companies producing low-speed EVs including three wheelers and small cars. The companies combined can produce more than 1 million such vehicles, according to the ministry.
Low-speed EVs also pose severe safety risks to public safety, the ministry said. In the past five years, the vehicles were responsible for around 830,000 traffic accidents, which resulted in the death of about 18,000 people, according to the ministry’s tally.